SZEROKA 38 St.
Bronze Mezuzah from Krakow. This mezuzah is a bronze cast of imprint of the mezuzah trace found at the old tenement at Szeroka Street in Krakow. We created a new mezuzah out of bronze to make the history tangible. Touching the mezuzah activates a link between past and present. MI POLIN – contemporary judaica brand from Poland.
6,69” long / 1,96” wide
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The trace of mezuzah
new mezuzah - bronze cast of the trace
The story hidden behind
The portal with the trace of mezuzah is an original relict from XVI/XVII Century. The most notable resident of the tenement at Szeroka 38 was a famous rabbi Joel Sirkes (1561-1640), called BaCH from the title of his book “Bait Chadash”. Rabbi Sirkes was the Chief Rabbi of Kraków and the head of local yeshiva in 1618- 1640. He was buried on Remuh Cemetery behind this building. The building was mentioned in a real estate tax document from 1653. After the World War II the building was almost all destroyed. It was reconstructed in the end of the 50’s. Now in the building there is an exclusive hair dresser.
The most notable resident of the tenement at Szeroka 38 was Rabbi Joel Sirkes of Cracow.
Probably he was the person who placed the mezuzah to stone doorpost – around 400 years ago.
Trace exists until today.